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Today's News

  • Valle Canyon wildfire 85% contained — video added

    Somewhat calmer winds and rain mixed with snow that started falling overnight is no doubt lending a hand with the efforts of firefighters in snuffing out the Valle Canyon fire that's been burning west of Los Alamos since last Thursday night.

    An update from Forest Service officials late Tuesday morning shows the wildfire is 85 percent contained, but two new fires were sparked in other locations Monday due to high winds snapping power lines.

  • Super perigree moon visible

     On Saturday, a full moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”—the biggest in almost 20 years.
    “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” says Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington DC. “I’d say it’s worth a look.”

  • St. Patty's Day Rugby Fundraiser

    From left, Julia Montoya, 15, Katie Lofton, 15, and Mali Snyder, 15, encouraged passing motorists to stop into the Elks Club for corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day Thursday. Proceeds from the event went to support the girl’s rugby team.

  • Wall may cut decibel level for residents

    Improving traffic flow has become a major focus for Los Alamos County. As a result, county officials are taking a closer look at Oppenheimer Road and Central Avenue and traffic noise in the Eastern Area, which are now both included in the N.M. 502 Corridor project.

  • Democrats elect Wheeler

    Local Democrats elected recently retired county councilor Michael Wheeler chair of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos during a meeting at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday night.

    “I’m glad Michael has retired and has all this experience – he’s probably the best candidate for chair we’ve had in years,” outgoing chairwoman Cathy Chapman said, adding that she and outgoing vice chair Carl Newton will continue to be active in the party.

  • Aquatic center to be closed for repairs

    The Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance beginning at 9 p.m. March 25 and is scheduled to re-open by noon March 28.  
    Centermark Mechanical will replace the domestic hot water boiler and storage tank.  
    This will require shutting off the hot water to the showers, restrooms and the therapy pool.
    The current boiler is an older unit, has been leaking water, cannot be repaired and must be replaced.  

  • CIP committee to hear phase 2 applications

    The county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will conduct a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1, a study, to Phase 2, construction.
    The county has received Phase 2 applications for these two projects:
    • Fuller Lodge, Art Center and historical museum improvements
    • Aquatic Center Leisure Pool

  • Just A Wag 03-18-11

    Pet store opening soon   
    A Pet Sense Outlet is slated to open in Española toward the end of March.

    Co-op gets once over
    Three Smith’s supermarket executives from Albuquerque were spotted  perusing the aisles at the new food co-op recently.

  • Perceptions may have been altered

    During at least two public meetings where several designs of Trinity were proposed, the contractor, MIG, displayed a graph and explained that it showed how dangerous Trinity Drive is.
    That graph represented data found in a document entitled Environmental Assessment New Mexico 502 Improvement Project: Knecht Street to Tewa Loop Los Alamos County, New Mexico.  

  • Sweet and sour science

    I remember the first time I had sweet and sour pork.  It was New York City and the meat was soaked in that sugary vinegar sauce, guaranteed to hide the flavor of pretty much anything you wanted to cook.  
    My friends and I were delighted with an endless variety of food names we had never seen before; Moo shu, bean curd, chicken cooked by some military dude named Tso, and of course the sweet and sour.  It was all very delicious, but I’m not really sure what the meats were.